Former Pitt Forward Gilbert Brown Signs With German Team, Plans to Sign With Celtics If Lockout is Resolved By August


Gilbert Brown, the former University of Pittsburgh forward who has drawn the eye of Celtics general manager Danny Ainge, has signed a contract with a team in Germany, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Brown averaged 11.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game as a senior for the Panthers last season but went undrafted. The 6-foot-6, 210-pounder had been working out for the Celtics and said he was "encouraged" by the C's interest in him.

With the NBA and the players union unable to come to an agreement before Friday's deadline, the league locked out the players, preventing Boston from signing any free agents. As a result of the labor dispute, Brown signed with S. Oliver Wurzburg, a squad in the German Bundesliga Basketball League (BBL).

Brown does not leave for Germany until August and told the Review he has a clause in his contract that will allow him to sign with the green and white if the labor dispute is resolved.

"If the lockout ends early, I probably won't even go" to Germany, he said. "It's basically an insurance policy so I'm not waiting around for the lockout to end."

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